The German Soldbuch is the most popular piece of paper documentation for German reenactors. A blank version will cost your from $15.00 to $30.00, and to then you have to get it filled out properly. Which will cost you another $50.00 to $75.00. If your lucky only a handfull of guys in your unit can even afford the cost of something which is hidden in one's pocket the majority of the time.
There is no place on the internet that you can find PDF's of the inside pages and the cover for a Authentic German Soldbuch, except here. And while the componet exists on internet, you'll be hard pressed to find blank ones. But in an effort to make our members reenacting experience that much better, we have assembled the complete ready to go, do it yourself copy of a German Soldbuch. Now you can create Soldbuch for your entire unit, for about 65 cents a piece. You can experiment with filling them out ourself with pen and ink and rubber stamps which are available on the internet.
Now is this version 100% authentic? No
Aren't the $30.00 blanks better? Yes
The fact this is all done with a home printer on 8x10 paper you can buy at any Office Supply store, means that it isn't 100% accurate. A Soldbuch is 5 5/8 x 4 1/8. Because we are dealing with a 11 inch in length piece of paper, the back inter folder flap had to be shorten.
- When you print the Cover set the printer option to [x] Actual
- This Soldbuch cover has printing in the inside, so their are two PDF's
- Print each page, and the flip it and print it again on the back. This creates two "page sets" for each 8 x 11 piece of paper you use. Set printer option to [x] Actual
- Stack all (5) pages on top of one another
- Fold each piece of finished printed sheet in half. Don't cut the page without first folding it.
- Using a Paper Cutter, trim the folded side, then the left and right sides.
- Fold the stack in half in the center
- Using a Booklet Stapler, place (2) staples in the center of the cover.
Note: It is important to make sure the side guides of your printer are relative tight, so side slop doesn't occur. Also feed each page one at a tme on the second side printing. This is important to insure your printer grabs the edge as good as it can. Also print out some test copies and get used to double sided printing, before using your good cardstock and paper.
This project could not be completed if it wasn't for the individual page artwork and cover. The artwork was done by a reenactors who lives in Leeds Yorkshire England who goes by the name caliope21uk. Which were obtained via the help of Dave's Paperwork site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/repro_paperwork2/
The 20 individual pages where assembled into 5 PDF's printed and tested, and that is what you see in the photographs above.